Good Morning!! Yesterday morning I am sitting in one of my booths, completely unmotivated. Alysha is at the bar placing 4 brown paper sacks in a row, names scribbled across each one, and she is dropping change in them. "What are you doing making lunches for your kids?" She looks at me, only the way she can, and informs me its for some of our regulars. My heart swelled with joy & the words "Thank you" came from my lips. I was like a proud mom watching her. You see Alysha has been with me from the beginning. She was apart of the CIG before we ever opened her doors. Responding to the ad in the paper she applied and was hired. I honestly can not put into words our journey we have been on together. She has taught me to be tough, she informed me early on we were located in the "hood" and to be careful. She is a single mom to 4 beautiful children and she works hard everyday for them. We have a connection, she weathered the recession with me and never let me give up... more than once she has said the words, "I've got your back" and she means it from the bottom of her heart. She has been my teacher. We have memories, that only we share, she has been by my side as we have gone from 55 seats to 165 seats, and when I have doubts, she always says "We got this". Her laugh is infectious and when she loves...oh mylanta its with her whole heart. She has grown and changed over 4 1/2 years and I'm proud of her. Its amazing.... all of the feelings and memories came from her filling a little brown paper sack. Happy Friday yall..... My prayer for yall today, that yall are blessed enough to have someone in your life, like Alysha. I love her and am thankful:)
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.